Cornerback Charles Tillman received an overdue selection to the NFC Pro Bowl roster this week. Hes pleased.
His older daughter wasnt, at least at first.
Tillman immediately made plans for a family trip to Hawaii for the Pro Bowl but his daughter had been watching cartoons and knew Hawaiis dark secret.
She said, I dont want to go to Hawaii; theyve got volcanoes there, Tillman said.
Dad explained that those were in cartoons (mostly) and travel plans are going forward.
For Tillman, who is arguably the best cornerback in franchise history, it is the first selection and it means a lot.
Rather than just the recognition, Im more thankful that my peers and coaches thought enough to vote me in, Tillman said. As far as it only happening in his ninth NFL season, Tillman simply attributed it to the number of other good corners in the league, although he had more interceptions and tackles in 2007 than selectees Ronde Barber and DeAngelo Hall.
I guess it just wasnt my time, Tillman said.
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The Bears struck quickly after the new league year kicked off on March 18 when they traded a 2020 fourth-round pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars for quarterback Nick Foles. The deal was agreed to during the legal tampering period but didn't become official until Tuesday when it was finally announced by the NFL.
Part of the delay in all of this offseason's transactions getting finalized is the social distancing required to combat the COVID-19 outbreak. Team facilities are closed. As a result, free-agent deals and trades are taking longer to process.
But the wait for Foles becoming a Bear is finally over, and he shared the moment he put pen to paper on Twitter.
Foles, 31, is expected to compete with Mitch Trubisky for the starting job in 2020 with most in football media expecting him to ultimately win the duel. He brings a resume of playoff success to Chicago, including a miraculous Super Bowl run (and victory) during the 2017 season.
Foles' stint in Jacksonville lasted just one season after signing a four-year, $88 million contract in 2019. Foles started four games (all losses) and finished the year with 736 passing yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. He was replaced in the lineup by Gardner Minshew, who took the league by storm as a mustache-wearing sixth-round pick from Washington State.
He'll get a fresh start in Chicago and if he has any sort of success in 2020, he'll be a Bear for a long time.
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